Valdaw had the help of a 5lb claimer when scoring over track and trip last time and is up a further 5lb in the weights for that success. Reginald Claude failed to land a hat-trick of course and distance wins when beaten by Frognal off today's mark last month and Wolverhampton winner Amethyst Dawn may well come up short on her first start since October. DOROTHY'S DANCING didn't get the best of runs when second at Wolverhampton recently but her earlier victory over track and trip was her fifth course win and Gary Moore's mare gets the vote back at this track.
Valdaw 5-4fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, pushed out, readily, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan beating Waterloo Dock (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Catalinas Diamond (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden 2f out, not clear run briefly over 1f out, ran on under pressure inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Polar Venture (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Reginald Claude 6-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along and ran on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Frognal (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Dorothy's Dancing (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway over 1f out, switched right entering final furlong, stayed on strongly, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind George Fenton (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Time Medicean 8-1 (9-7) In touch, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, staying on when hampered inside final furlong, not recover, last of 11, 6l behind Speak The Truth (9-6) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Amethyst Dawn (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, headway over 2f out, led inside finial furlong, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct beating Gran Canaria Queen (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Running Mate (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, effort on inside approaching final 2f, never reached leaders and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 7l behind Captain Kendall (9-3) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Athwaab 11-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and hung left over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 8, 2 1/2l behind M J Woodward (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-62 (6) pol in Dec.
Athaakeel (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) In touch in rear, pushed along halfway, headway on outer approaching final furlong, edged left and led inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol beating Dark Lane (9-13) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Molly Jones 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 7l behind M J Woodward (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Towards rear, riodden over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 9l behind Methaaly (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.